It is almost impossible to have the Mhinisteir all to myself on his day off. The phone starts ringing first thing in the morning and the door bell goes off every few hours! These are almost always people who know that it is his day off!!!!
As I get older, I am getting more annoyed compared to my younger self whenever our private time is ruined over something trivial like when Joe Block is unhappy over Mary Bell’s lengthy intercessory prayer on Sunday!!!!
The only way I have found to overcome this problem is for us both to disappear from the Vicarage for the whole day. Even then it doesn’t solve the problem completely as people can ring the Mhinisteir’s mobile phone!! But it is certainly better than spending the day off at home!!!!